Jhoulys Chacin is having a decent season – his 4.03 ERA is the lowest it has been in any full major-league season since his standout 2013 campaign – but it is certainly not the kind that will launch him into a bigger contract. In 27 starts with the Padres this year, Chacin has a fielding-independent pitching of 4.52 (107 FIP-), 1.30 WHIP, and 1.8 bWAR.
Chacin is with the Padres on a show-me, one-year contract worth just $1.75 million. According to Fangraphs, he has been worth $12.1 million this season, but by no means will he receive a contract anywhere near that size. He may get something around five to seven million dollars, but that is by no means a guarantee. If the Phillies want to go for the budget pitcher, Chacin is certainly one.
There are certainly more starting pitching options in free agency, these are just five of them. It’s possible another starter could sign here in Philadelphia; I just hope one does.